The FedEx Cup starts next year and is designed to give golf its own version of a playoff system.
This looks more like a free-for-all over the final month of the season.
Points will be earned from the season-opening Mercedes Championships in January through the Carolina Classic at Greensboro, and the top 144 players will be eligible for the playoffs - the Barclays Classic, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and the Tour Championship at East Lake.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said players will be mathematically eliminated after each playoff event, although those players can continue to tee it up in the $7 million events. The field will be reduced to 30 players, as always, for the Tour Championship, and the player with the most points earns $10 million.